Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ecarté is a trick-taking card game, typically played by two people using a 32-card deck with all cards between two and six removed. In Ecarté, the ace ranks between the 10 and the jack, leaving the king as the highest-ranked card. As in Euchre, trump is determined at the beginning of each hand, but in Ecarté, the card values remain the same when trump. Ecarté gets its name (literally, “discarded”) from its unusual system of proposing and discarding. After the cards are dealt, the non-dealer has the opportunity to trade cards from his or her hand with cards in the deck by proposing to the dealer. If the dealer accepts, then both players may trade in any number of cards from their hands. This process continues until either the nondealer ...